Samantha Crawford, Soprano
Samantha Crawford

Samantha Crawford

Soprano
Bio: British Australian soprano Samantha Crawford is equally at home on the opera stage as she is on the concert platform, and who has been praised for her ‘crystalline tone and diction’ (The Arts Desk) and ‘fine cut soprano which brought singing of class’ (Opera). Samantha made her operatic debut at the 2014 Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals as Mrs. Coyle in Britten’s Owen Wingrave conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Subsequent roles include Ortlinde in Robert Carsen’s production of Die Walküre at Teatro Real, Madrid; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte at Garsington Opera, the title role in Suor Angelica at Théâtre municipal de Fontainebleau, Agathe in Der Freischütz for Blackheath Opera, Sieglinde in Die Walküre in concert in London, as well roles at Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera, Hong Kong City Hall and Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, Austria. Her performances at Teatro Real, both in Die Walküre and Claus Guth’s production of Parsifal, were filmed for television and DVD release and broadcast to cinemas across Spain. In recital, her performances have included engagements at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, Cadogan Hall and the Barbican. Recent performances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Gloucester Cathedral, Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder at Newbury Spring Festival, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder at the City of London Festival, and Chausson’s Poème de l'amour et de la mer at Milton Court. This season Samantha will record her debut album, dream.risk.sing: elevating women’s voices, with pianist Lana Bode. dream.risk.sing is an initiative that Samantha and Lana brought to fruition during 2020 and includes Charlotte Bray’s Crossing Faultlines, a song cycle exploring women’s experiences in the workplace which was commissioned especially for the project. Crossing Faultlines will receive its world première at Oxford Lieder Festival in October 2021 alongside new arrangements of songs from Judith Weir’s woman.life.song. The new disc will be released by Delphian Records in 2022 and is supported by Arts Council England and the RVW Trust. Samantha studied with Yvonne Kenny AM as a Baroness de Turckheim Scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and graduated from the Opera Course with Distinction. She was awarded the Golden Medal with Honours at the 2017 Berliner International Music Competition; the 2017/18 NSW Wagner Society Award for Emerging Wagner Singers; and, in 2016, won First Prize and the President's Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition in London. She is an alumna of the Wagner Bayreuth Stipendium, Britten-Pears, and Garsington Alvarez Young Artist Programmes. Future engagements include Samantha’s debut as Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser for Saffron Opera Group and a performance of Verdi’s Requiem at Southwark Cathedral. Last update: 2020-02-29 20:29:56 +00:00
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Bio: British Australian soprano Samantha Crawford is equally at home on the opera stage as she is on the concert platform, and who has been praised for her ‘crystalline tone and diction’ (The Arts Desk) and ‘fine cut soprano which brought singing of class’ (Opera). Samantha made her operatic debut at the 2014 Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals as Mrs. Coyle in Britten’s Owen Wingrave conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Subsequent roles include Ortlinde in Robert Carsen’s production of Die Walküre at Teatro Real, Madrid; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte at Garsington Opera, the title role in Suor Angelica at Théâtre municipal de Fontainebleau, Agathe in Der Freischütz for Blackheath Opera, Sieglinde in Die Walküre in concert in London, as well roles at Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera, Hong Kong City Hall and Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, Austria. Her performances at Teatro Real, both in Die Walküre and Claus Guth’s production of Parsifal, were filmed for television and DVD release and broadcast to cinemas across Spain. In recital, her performances have included engagements at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, Cadogan Hall and the Barbican. Recent performances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Gloucester Cathedral, Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder at Newbury Spring Festival, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder at the City of London Festival, and Chausson’s Poème de l'amour et de la mer at Milton Court. This season Samantha will record her debut album, dream.risk.sing: elevating women’s voices, with pianist Lana Bode. dream.risk.sing is an initiative that Samantha and Lana brought to fruition during 2020 and includes Charlotte Bray’s Crossing Faultlines, a song cycle exploring women’s experiences in the workplace which was commissioned especially for the project. Crossing Faultlines will receive its world première at Oxford Lieder Festival in October 2021 alongside new arrangements of songs from Judith Weir’s woman.life.song. The new disc will be released by Delphian Records in 2022 and is supported by Arts Council England and the RVW Trust. Samantha studied with Yvonne Kenny AM as a Baroness de Turckheim Scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and graduated from the Opera Course with Distinction. She was awarded the Golden Medal with Honours at the 2017 Berliner International Music Competition; the 2017/18 NSW Wagner Society Award for Emerging Wagner Singers; and, in 2016, won First Prize and the President's Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition in London. She is an alumna of the Wagner Bayreuth Stipendium, Britten-Pears, and Garsington Alvarez Young Artist Programmes. Future engagements include Samantha’s debut as Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser for Saffron Opera Group and a performance of Verdi’s Requiem at Southwark Cathedral. Last update: 2020-02-29 20:29:56 +00:00
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Reviews

'Samantha Crawford's Agathe displayed impressive Wagnerian credentials. On this showing her sweetly voluminous soprano should be soon graduating to Elsa.'
Opera Magazine
'Samantha Crawford, blond bombshell Agathe, holds on to hope even in the face of horrible dreams foreshadowing her death.'
Classical Source
'Expectations were high for what turned out to be a truly engaging evening of superb Wagner singing. Stuart Skelton ended the concert (ably partnered by Samantha Crawford singing Sieglinde) in the role of Siegmund from Act 1 of Die Walküre. It felt as if they had been rehearsed in the roles together for a major production as the singing was outstanding.'
Limelight Magazine
'The performance was wonderful. Semyon Bychkov gave a concentrated reading which was attentive to the architecture of the work and drew excellent performances from orchestra and choir, and the Blumenmädchen…without doubt, the public recognized that this was a performance of the top international level.'
La Razon
'Semyon Bychkov drew some electrifying playing from the orchestra of the Teatro Real, which bordered on the transcendental in the final act...With full-blooded singing from the Real’s Chorus and a mellifluous bevy of Blumenmädchen, this was a memorable performance.'
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